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O'Donnell, Chelsea L.
Chelsea L. O'Donnell
P: +1.212.938.6421
F: +1.800.404.3970

Christina Mendez


Chelsea L. O’Donnell concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters. She represents clients in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) compliance, securities fraud, and public corruption. Chelsea assists corporate clients with internal investigations of potential misconduct, often in response to allegations of fraud or insider trading. She also represents clients who face civil suits and regulatory actions in connection with criminal matters, including SEC and FINRA investigations and enforcement actions.

Chelsea’s pro bono work has included representations in immigration-related matters, such as representing trafficking victims seeking visas and employment authorization in the United States. While in law school, Chelsea was a member of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic. She presented the clinic’s draft of the Basic Principles on the Right to an Effective Remedy for Victims of Trafficking in Persons to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially in Women and Children.


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2014
B.A., with departmental honors, University of Miami, 2010

Bar Admissions

New York


Managing Editor, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law
Articles Editor, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum
Law Clerk, National Football League